If for some reason Eli Manning is unable to play for any stretch of the 2010 season, the Giants would have enough to worry about without concern over the health of their backup quarterback. That's why no matter how well free agent Jim Sorgi threw and played in Monday's workout for the team, the real "tryout" came in front of the doctors during his physical.
Ultimately, the concerns of the Giants' medical staff over tendinitis in Sorgi's right shoulder, a condition that landed him on injured reserve in December, "put the brakes" on negotiations, according to his agent.
Matt Brei, who represents Sorgi, said the six-year backup with the Colts has been throwing for months and has been cleared by noted orthopedists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum. He said he did not think the Giants' doctors were aware of Sorgi's history with those other doctors when they examined him.
"I encouraged them to call Dr. Andrews and Dr. Yocum and get up to speed on that," Brei said, describing the talks as being in a "holding pattern."
"We haven't even gotten into contract negotiations," he said, noting it was pointless to do so until the Giants' medical concerns were resolved.
Sorgi left his visit with the Giants without a contract, so the Giants are still without a backup quarterback after David Carr, who held the job for two years, signed a two-year contract with the 49ers Monday.
Robbins a Ram. Free-agent DT Fred Robbins, who spent six years with the Giants, signed a three-year deal with the Rams Monday that could be worth a reported $12 million. The move reunites Robbins with former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Robbins, who will be 33 this month and had microfracture surgery on his knee a year ago, lost his starting job with the Giants in December, and the team never made a push to bring him back as a free agent . . . K Rhys Lloyd is scheduled to visit the Giants Tuesday unless he comes to an agreement with the Vikings, whom he visited Monday.